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CONTRIBUTION: Unapologetically Liberated

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by D. McInnis, Early Childhood Educator, Washington, D.C. “No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.” – Alice Walker In keeping with my CYM tradition, I must begin with a question: Do people assume you’re a raging lunatic if you happen to be Black and choose not to conceal your stance on eradicating racial …

[Insert Slow Twerk] Celebrating my 28th cycle around the sun

In Art & Culture by Enchanta1 Comment

It’s been a beautiful bizarre masked with a bashful smirk a loving rejection with a slow groove a morning wake up call from life. Channeling the spirit of my born day sistas Audre Lorde and Toni Morrison this cycle will be dedicated to learning listening and healing. I am accepting my Goddess’ call so that I can continue so that I can discover …

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Where we are: An indictment

In Causes by Kandin Unger2 Comments

I spent a long time attempting to write an introduction that gradually and gently settles the reader onto the point. But I decided that there’s no point to that. We’ve already been lulled and gently settled onto this reality. I’m going to just say it. Because America keeps trying to forget. Whiteness governs the narrative of what it means to …

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Teaching for Change

In Art & Culture, Business, Causes by Zakiya JacksonLeave a Comment

  Shipping fees. I hate them.  Literally. Even before I was an Amazon Prime Member – which I’ve been for years now –  I was not here for shipping fees.  No ma’am. Unless the deal is stupid good, paying for shipping almost makes my skin crawl.  And then, even when the deal is massively significant, like 78% off, the shipping …

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5 Crazy Side Effects of Oppression

In Causes by N. Young5 Comments

Saturday, I took my bougie Black self to Trader Joe’s. I walked in behind a man of color who was wearing a hoodie and had the hood up. My initial thought was, “he should probably take that down so as not to scare the people in the store,” but then I thought, “what the hell are you thinking?!” This man …

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Up Outta Here with That

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So this week, Deadline published an article about “ethnic casting” and it has me feeling all kinds of ways. The article claims that the increase of roles going to minority actors has made it more difficult for white actors to be considered for the same roles. The article also claims that “because of a mandate from the studio and network” …

Universities Remain “Uninviting, Unaccommodating, and Unappealing” for Many Faculty of Color

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Tenure-track faculty at our nation’s universities perform the core functions of those institutions—conducting research, teaching students, and serving the campus and broader community. Although enrollments by students of color in recent decades have expanded significantly, faculty of color have remained dramatically underrepresented in the four-year professoriate. African Americans represent approximately 14% of the undergraduate population, but 5% of tenured or …

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The Artist: “Finding myself over and over again” An interview with Georgia Tardy

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Enduring inspiration is simply the best. I had been happily surfing the wave of inspiration and reaching out to the artists I knew to interview for the series that Georgia Tardy had inspired me to write. I was feeling motivated and excited. A couple weeks after the panel I attended, I was at a coffee shop called Lyon St Cafe …

CONTRIBUTION: Proud Pauper

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  Precious is a proud southerner turned mid-western foodie who loves people more than she loves good food and a good read. She candidly shares her predilections [bias, leaning, weakness & predisposition] on her blog -https://preciouspredilections.wordpress.com.   Sing with me. This song, “Papa was a Rolling Stone,” has the longest intro in the world and the dopest bass tab, but …

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I am Unapologetically Black

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I am unapologetically Black.       Except sometimes I do feel forced to apologize. Like declaring the need for more Black power is the same as saying I hate white people. Nope – skip that. I am unapologetically Black. I hate anti-Blackness and white supremacy shrouded in an evangelical white Jesus who burns crosses on my livelihood instead of hanging …

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Collected Young Minds Spotlight: Veronica Lorraine, Image Consultant (Part 2 of 2)

In Causes, Entertainment by Corey1 Comment

Part II: Exploring Black Images in Media and the Relevance of Black Greek Letter Organizations Veronica Lorraine is an image consultant living in Austin, Texas, who is very passionate about serving our youth.  She was recently on the show Sorority Sisters on VH1, and took some time to talk to CYM about her experiences with the show, Black Greek Letter …

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Collected Young Minds Spotlight: Veronica Lorraine, Image Consultant (Part 1 of 2)

In Causes, Entertainment by Corey1 Comment

Part I: On Defining Self – Passions and Purpose Beyond A Single Box Veronica Lorraine is an image consultant living in Austin, Texas, who is very passionate about serving our youth. She was recently on the show Sorority Sisters on VH1, and took some time to talk to CYM about her experiences with the show, Black Greek Letter Organizations (BGLOs), …

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On Honoring the People That Made You

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As thousands gathered yesterday in Selma, Alabama to honor the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, I was at home crying. I had just learned that one of the staples of my childhood, Deacon Willie Cromartie, passed away and I was a mess. You might be reading this and thinking, “I don’t know who that is” and honestly, I didn’t really …

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It Takes Unity: Yuri Kochiyama

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Poetry is how I heal Words are how I feel The world around me To know whats real A friend of mine shared an email with me a couple of days ago as part of their weekly newsletter and this month’s theme was Women’s History Month which just so happens to be this month (March). This week my friend specifically …

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Ryan Herring: The Ghetto Monk Activating Justice – Part 2

In #blackmenrock, Art & Culture by Zakiya Jackson1 Comment

This is part 2 of Collected Young Mind’s interview with Ryan Herring for our #BlackMenRock series.  Please enjoy Part 1 here, where Ryan talks about The Ghetto Monk, his travels, finding your place in movements and how Millennials and older generations can work together.  Throughout this interview, you will see my thoughts interspersed in blue. ZJ: When was your faith born? …